A kinetic nonequilibrium model of laser sustained plasmas (LSPs) in hydrogen has been formulated and solved. This model is the first of its kind and includes a discretized beam taytrace with a variable index of refraction based upon plasma electron number density. Model results have compared favorably with experimental results and the model has been used to provide predictions of LSP performance well outside the realm of experiments. For the H2 flow rates and pressures considered no significant kinetic nonequilibrium was observed in LSP core regions for incident powers up to 700 kW. Beam refraction by the LSP has been observed to have a major effect on LSP performance. Multiple steady state solutions have been obtained which are dependent upon initial conditions, a feature not clearly understood.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 1993|
|Event||AIAA 24th Plasma Dynamics, and Lasers Conference, 1993 - Orlando, United States|
Duration: Jul 6 1993 → Jul 9 1993
|Other||AIAA 24th Plasma Dynamics, and Lasers Conference, 1993|
|Period||7/6/93 → 7/9/93|
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